Today's News

  • Rockwood may add to its parks

    A new park may be coming to downtown Rockwood at the corner of Rockwood Street and Wilder Avenue.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller approached Rockwood City Council about a proposed park with a pavilion, bathrooms and a stage across from the existing Rockwood Electric Utility location.

    “You could have all kinds of events here. You have plenty of parking here ...”Miller said.

    He also suggested building a small bridge to cross the creek on the property so walkers could more easily access a nearby walking trail.

  • Roane makes another push against local big-cat rescue

    Tiger Haven is once again in the crosshairs of the Roane County Commission.

    It will consider a resolution on Monday that urges the Tennessee General Assembly to pass a law requiring animals housed at Tiger Haven to be implanted with microchips.

    Tiger Haven is a sanctuary in East Roane County that houses lions, tigers, leopards and cougars.

    The facility has been the focus of ire from some commissioners for years.

  • County to help on bridge to animal shelter

    The city of Rockwood has asked Roane County to pay matching funds to repair a bridge leading to the county animal shelter.

    “If you are unable to provide the full amount, which is estimated to be approximately $6,000, I feel certain the Council would welcome any amount you feel you could support,” City Administrator Becky Ruppe wrote in a Jan. 9 letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    Woody took the issue before the Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee last week. Members voted to contribute $3,000.

  • Animal advocates to organize

    A group of passionate animal advocates will be remembering Max, an allegedly neglected dog that died last month, and looking at ways to help other animals in the area.

    A meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday at Harriman Municipal Complex.

    Animal advocate Hope Gibson asks that everyone interested in attending “think about your personal interests,” whether that be serving in a pet food pantry, working to spay/neuter pets, delivering dog houses, organizing a neighborhood pet watch, education or helping with rescues.

  • Voting for All-County team now open

    Roane County News will be naming an All-County basketball team following the conclusion of the regular basketball season. The team will consist of five starters and three bench players. The only qualifications for the honor are being a current basketball player at a Roane County High School. The voting is open to coaches, media members and fans. Votes will be tallied with coaches votes carrying more weight than fans and media. Deadline to cast your vote is Friday, Feb. 6 at midnight. To cast your vote, email Bradley Stringfield at bstringfield@roanecounty.com.

  • See you soon, football

    “Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes ... well, he eats.”

    Out of all of the random life lessons the Coen Brothers snuck into cult-classic “The Big Lebowski,” that one line by The Stranger, played by Sam Elliot, may be the most significant.

    After the confetti cleared Sunday night at University of Phoenix Stadium, one thing was clear. The Seattle Seahawks ate — although some might say they choked — the bar, bringing an unwelcomed end to football season.

  • Lady Waves keep rolling through post-season play

    The Midway Middle School girls basketball team has been victorious 17 times this season.

    On Thursday, they will attempt to add one more when they head to Pigeon Forge Middle School to take on the Area 3 No.2-seeded New Center Middle School.

    How they got there

    Midway Middle started the season off 13-0 before a match up with Wartburg put the first tick in the loss column for the Lady Waves.

    The two teams first met on Dec. 1 with the Lady Waves taking a 55-37 victory.

  • Pancakes! Rotary fundraiser a sweet treat for patrons, community

    Kingston Rotary Club’s 35th annual pancake breakfast and silent auction this weekend have lasting effects that go beyond a clean plate.

    All proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be used to support the club’s community and international service projects.

    The breakfast will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 7 in Kingston Church of Christ family center at 120 Spring St., Kingston.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and may be purchased from any Kingston Rotary Club member or at the door.

  • ‘Remembering Red’ Skelton tribute set

    “Remembering Red,” a tribute to Red Skelton featuring Brian Hoffman will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 in the historic Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge.

    The light-hearted trip down memory lane will include some of the television pioneer’s most well-known characters, including Clem Kadiddlehopper, Gertrude and Heathcliffe, Freddy the Freeloader.

    Also included will be Skelton “Guzzlers Gin” routine and pantomimes.

    Hoffman also breaks character during the

  • High tea helps Roane State

    Sophistication and fun were the order of the Roane State Foundation's Upstairs/Downstairs High Tea, meant to be reminiscent of the times, glitz and etiquette of the setting of popular PBS television show, “Downton Abbey.”

    The tea in Whitestone Country Inn was to raise money for student scholarships with a focus on adult learners.

    It included a fashion show.